Volume 82, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The epidemiology of Chagas disease was studied in five rural communities located in the eastern region of the Panama Province. Serological tests for infection revealed a prevalence of 5.88% (12/204). Hemocultures coupled with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis showed a infection rate of 5.88% (12/204). An overall trypanosome infection index of 11.76% (24/204) was detected in this population. A total of 121 triatomine specimens were collected in domestic and peridomestic habitats. was confirmed as the predominant species. Molecular analysis showed that 17.8% (13/73) of the examined insects were positive for , 17.8% (13/73) for and 35.6% (26/73) presented mixed infections. Among 73 evaluated, 16.4% (12/73) contained opossum blood meals. The epidemiological implications of these findings are discussed.


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  • Received : 13 Jul 2009
  • Accepted : 17 Dec 2009
  • Published online : 05 Apr 2010

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